- All Year Round, Daily.
- Excluding 1st Wednesday of every month.
- English and Spanish Bilingual Commentary.
- Start: Julia Travel Office, Calle San Nicolás, 15.
- End: Royal Palace.
- Approx. 3.5 hours.
About The Hapsburgs Madrid Walking Tour:
In Spain the period running from around 1492 until 1659 is widely regarded as a national 'Golden Age'. This was a time when Spain was Europe's preeminent economic and military power, controlling vast dominions in the centre of the continent as well as an extensive overseas empire throughout the Americas. At the heart of this prosperous age was the Habsburg dynasty, a royal lineage that started with an ambitious Charles I and ended in turmoil under Charles II.
This guided walking tour traces the extensive story of the family, from a rise to power in 1516, through wars, wealth and success, to an inglorious collapse in 1700. You'll see stunning architecture emblematic of the era and will hear dramatic tales of power and intrigue. Each location visited will yield a new chapter in the developing story of the Habsburg family, and will also shed light on Madrid's physical evolution.
On this tour you will also visit the 18th century Royal Palace (entry included). The Palace represents a wonderful elaboration on Madrid's political and cultural history following the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy. It was the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family from 1765 until 1931, a point at which its use became reserved for state ceremonies only. The palace is one of Madrid's most visited attractions, and as part of this tour you will gain a wealth of extra insights.
As an added bonus the Hapsburgs walking tour concludes with a free drink at one of Madrid's best cafés.